ADF: USPS will allow Christian to deliver tracts outside post office

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund touted its efforts in convincing United States Postal Service to allow a Christian man to hand out tracts outside of a Michigan post office.

A postal worker originally told the man that he would be arrested if he did not desist distributing the religious material, as the activity violated existing USPS policy. But after hearing of the situation, ADF attorneys sent a letter to the USPS explaining appropriate constitutional precedent. The USPS responded by saying that it would no longer enforce such a policy.

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ACLJ: Victory for Christian student club

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice reports that its letter to a Conn. school has helped get a student-run Christian club’s application approved by the school’s student government. The ACLJ took issue with the school requiring tighter restrictions and requirements of the Christian club, as opposed to other, secular organizations.

ADF: Fla. library bans meeting rooms for ‘religious use’

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the New Smyrna Beach Public Library on behalf of a man who was refused access to a public meeting room for a “Religion in America” seminar.

ADF: Richmond, VA Christians threatened with arrest for “sharing Gospel”

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that a lawsuit has been filed against the city of Richmond on behalf of five Chritsian men. The suit alleges that police officers threatened the men with arrest after they had been preaching and handing out tracts on public property in Richmond.

ADF: “Hartford officials agree to stop silencing constitutionally-protected speech”

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that its attorneys have reach a settlement with the city of Hartford, Conn., “that will ensure the protection of citizens’ free speech rights in public areas.”

The court case goes back to 2006, when a Christian man was arrested for “sharing his Christian message in public.” The city will now cease enforcing two statutes which ADF attorneys argued violated his free speech rights.

“Christians shouldn’t be penalized for their beliefs,” says ADF counsel Jon Scruggs. “The First Amendment protects all speech, including speech with which others may disagree.”

Traditional Values Coalition: Burqa Barbie

by Jessica Bryan

In her latest post, TVC’s Andrea Lafferty expresses outrage in response to Mattel’s newest Barbie doll: “Burqa Barbie.”  Here are some excerpts  from her post:

…So I hope under that brightly colored burqa the new Mattel doll is badly bruised and has a frightened look on her face because most women in burqas are severely abused women.

…Shariah law is a despicable and anti-Constitutional throwback to the Dark Ages when rights were reserved only for males of certain religions. It is the opposite of America where we guarantee rights equally to every person, except the unborn.

Mattel could do a public service by distributing a “Rifqa Bary” Barbie doll which resembles the young Muslim woman in Ohio whose radical parents intend to kill her because she has professed her belief in Jesus Christ.

…The doll would need to look radiant and courageous like the real Rifka but it would be easy to accessorize. A miniature Bible could be tucked under her arm. And a set of cowardly politicians could be enclosed and they would do absolutely nothing just like they did in the real government hearings in Florida and Ohio.

An email from the TVC argues that several of the bills and nominations that will be voted on in the next month will “threaten religious freedom, our children, and our health care system.”  The TVC asked for readers to contact their senators.  The email also linked to several of the posts from the TVC website (from “Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Threatens the Practice of Religion & Our Nation’s Children” through “Reid ‘Health Care’ Reform Bill Increases Premiums by $3,100 Yearly and Funds Abortion!”).

The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition